Teaching ESL

Teaching Halloween and/or XMass
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Author:  misakev [ Tue Aug 25, 2009 11:56 am ]
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Hey Et Al long time no post.. Been very very busy this summer. This is a question especially for Mark, but anyone else who may have an Idea please chip in...
Mark I am currently switching my curriculum from grammer base to theme base. I don't know if you do this, but here is the question the theme is either Halloween or Xmas what grammer points do you hit for this theme???? Vocabulary is easy but the grammer point is harder.

Author:  mesmark [ Tue Aug 25, 2009 11:18 pm ]
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Well, it really depends on the students' levels, but ...

- What's this/he/she? - focusing on the subject pronoun

Focusing on just the monsters and scary things:

- I'm afraid of ... / I'm not afraid of ... / Are you afraid of ... ?

- Why is ... scary? A ... is scary because ...

- Have you ever read a book/seen a movie/written a story/had a dream about ...

- Do you know how to kill/hurt/stop/scare a ...?

- What would you do if you saw a ...? I would ...

You could have the students make a story. I haven't tried it yet, but mixing in the monsters with the Skit-Kit might work well.

Author:  mesmark [ Tue Aug 25, 2009 11:20 pm ]
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I'm pretty exhausted, so I'll get back to you on Christmas later in the week.

Author:  misakev [ Wed Aug 26, 2009 10:54 pm ]
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thanks mark just saw your post... your ideas are good also got the idea from some one to teach possession...

I have a =====. which is a pretty good idea...

Author:  keepie [ Thu Aug 27, 2009 5:09 am ]
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Hi misakev!

I have got two ideas for x-mas.
As Mark has already said, it depends on the level.
I like doing this with my adults, but I think it is suitable for children as well.

1. This is a game called 'Present Swapping' .The children either make it up what they got as a present for x-mas, which they didn't like or you distrubute cards which you prepared before with items you choose.
The grammar point would be - I have got a/an.... and then
- Who would like the.....
So here the children say what the present is and ask who would like to have it.

2. The second idea is a wishing list the children prepare for themselves. They can then say:
Santa Claus (or whoever) please bring me......
Here the focus would be on the imparative/polite imparative.

I hope I could be of help. Enjoy!

Author:  lidia.moas [ Tue Nov 10, 2009 6:28 pm ]
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I agree with what you're all saying but I also think that Christmas and Halloween are such encouraging topics for pupils that you can use them to review any grammar structure you want to. As Mark said you could be talking about "I'm scared of" "I will dressed up as" You could make up scary stories and use the present simple, or even the past simple. You can write magic spells and the review all kind of vocabulary, you can work on phonics and rhymes for the magic spell.
And it's the same about Christmas. You can write a letter to santa, a postcard to some family or friends. Depending on what you think your pupils need to review or practise you can choose and activity or another.

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